Final Project: The Battle of Monte Cassino

With the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Monte Cassino fast approaching, Peter Caddick-Adams’ account of the conflict Monte Casino: Ten Armies in Hell, inspires a grade ten history project examining Canada’s role in the battle.

This project features four fictitious Canadian history students researching the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, the Canada-U.S. First Special Forces Unit, the 4th Canadian Field Survey Company, and the 5th Canadian Armoured Brigade. Their ideas are based on actual projects produced by my students on the topic. Examining historical perspective, evaluating historical significance, using primary resources, and even considering continuity and change show how these Canadian “students” employ historical thinking and literacy.

Part 1: Let’s discuss! Students prepare for and participate in a discussion on the Battle of Monte Cassino.

Part 2: Let’s review historical thinking: Students review concepts of historical thinking, particularly evaluating historical significance and examining primary resources.

Part 3: I propose. Students examine four project proposals made by four fictitious Canadian history students. They ask “Which proposal would I like adopt for my project? What can I propose that would be similar? How can my project employ Historical perspective, historical significance, or use of primary resources? Students will submit a brief proposal for a project to their instructor.  
Final Project: The Battle of Monte Cassino

Patrick Hrycak


Owen Sound, Ontario

Let's apply historical thinking to the Battle of Monte Cassino.

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